Thomas Jørgensen

Thomas Jørgensen

  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    Honestly, I am not sure anonymity is politically useful, as a defense. It is like the second amendment as a defense against tyranny - if it gets to that point, you are screwed regardless, and we need defenses of civilization...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    .. You cannot bribe the people who control the payment system, because if they were corruptible and able to defeat your internal audit mechanisms, they would already have all the money they could spend without getting busted - You are...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    That requirement can be met. You set up a central payment processor owned by the government, that central processor issues one time pads to everybody, all payments go through it. Total transparency to the government, utterly unbreakable crypto for everyone...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    But if you are getting random Romans through a time portal, you can just write at them. Does not matter how atrocious your accent is, writing things down will work, because Rome was generally quite literate - (It was, for...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Homosexuals having a higher family formation rate wont do anything to demograpics either, because: Small numbers. But it does help with getting kids out of orphanages and other institutions (because the number of kids in those is also small), and...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Naval reactors need fuel enriched to about twenty percent. That is a serious enrichment effort, but not prohibitive. The US chooses to instead load them with nearly pure fissile material... Which has been poisoned. Certain isotopes have large neutron cross...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    .. Also, why are you so dead set against energy use? If a place is enormously hot because it has averages north of 2000 kwh/square meter/year solar irradiation, then you can just run the air con full blast to keep...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    One greenhouse traps heat. An entire province of them reduces reflects sunlight back into space more than it traps it. - That is observed reality, the temperature of the province has dropped while the greenhouses expanded, which is a rather...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    I strongly suspect that the future of farming is going to be truely epic-scale greenhouses. With wind-baffles. And using the ocean for water sourcing. That scene from the bladerunner sequel with the endless greenhouses? That was not cgi, that is...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Sweden - the nation which appears to exist to ruin statements about what is possible - produces somewhat in excess of 2 million tonnes of steel by electric processes every year. I mean, that needs carbon, but it needs it...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    The Advanced heavy water reactor is the evolution on the indian Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor, which is most certainly in active series production there. 4 under construction, 16 planned. And if PHWR sounds familiar, that is because it is basically...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    India. Their Advanced heavy water reactor design is instructive - Relatively small, no huge forgings, extremely flexible potential fuel cycle, and relies on convection driven cooling systems. - Which eliminates loss-of-power as a potential problem entirely. Not that enrichment is...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Eh, Sweden built heavy water, and then boiling water reactors more or less entirely of the back of its own industrial resources in the 1960s. I mean richest nation on earth at the time, and they did have Meitner (yes....
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Uhm. World building: The proper citizens of the future abandon the burbs and move to the white towers, with the hanging gardens and the cultural life - The fringe buy huge rotting macmansions on for-closure for nominal sums an mostly...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    I am not actually sure car based sprawl is going anywhere. It is insane, because the accumulated waste of person hours sitting in traffic is a crime against humanity, but I am doubtful building a new housing stock would actually...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    If the future is energy constrained enough to make N prohibitive, we are all dead anyway. Also, see earlier discussion: Nuclear reactors exist. This proves that energy poor futures with people in them cannot - because in order for that...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Concrete is inherently carbon intensive, because the raw material contains a lot of carbon... but you can make lime by electrolysis, and output that carbon as graphite. It is (given cheap power) not even any more expensive than what we...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Re; heat islands: One aspect of the imminent demise of the combustion engine for ground transport is that with unprecedented levels of clean air in urban centers, options for heat management that are currently ruled out by aesthetic concerns (That...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Uhm.. ocean wind is not currently very cheap, or dropping in price noticably faster than anything else. If I were to bet on a source for bulk conversion of renewable-to-fuel, I would be guessing at the Sahara and SOnaran deserts,...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    .. This is not a question of belief. Read the WTO report. Radiation exposure leaves traces in your biology, you can calculate the approximate dose someone got even if they neglected to wear a dosimeter, or it got burned by...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Theoretical Justification: Crime as a result of social graphs? What the suspension actually does is extract you from your entire social network. Even if everyone in your social circle is still alive, after decades, you will not fit in. Prison...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Its not Chernobyl, because it is possible to back-calculate the fatalities for that from the known exposures, and you cannot lie about the exposures either, because fallout-plumes do not respect borders, outsiders have visited the area with geiger-counters, the liquidators...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Smart watches lack a smooth UI - and nobody wants a computational device without a smooth UI. In order for any "Smart" device smaller than the phone rectangle to take off, you first need a display which is not limited...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Eh, no requirement for making it that exotic. My personal guess is that it just straight-up is a Project Pluto evolution - That the soviets stole the plans, and the present Russian state built one with modern materials science, Russia...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    There are a few problems here: Like many facts about pollution, accurate numbers are so out of this world that suspense of disbelief just breaks. You tell people western nuclear is a 100000 times safer than western coal, and that...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Reliability is not the point - Electric motors have extremely long mean time before failures, far better than any mechanical linkage not contained in a housing. More likely, it was just never worth the capital outlay to replace a setup...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    The effort required to stay in contact with any given stl starship is in fact very low. - If you have deep space propulsion good enough for interstellar, another thing you also have is a very large number of gravity...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    If you want to do stl interstellar travel, first, you build a Nicoll-Dyson Array. Not to vaporize planets (Tough it can), but to power the laser sails of a space ship of appropriate size. No tyranny of the rocket occasion...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    That just means the crews of the exploratory swarm include a lot of multi-disciplinarians who are also in it to be the first to paint the moth-analogues of xetersia four or write poems about the icefalls of Bella two. .......
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    If anyone gave a shit about EROEI everything would be running on Fast Breeder reactors. FTL or no, I just refuse to believe in an interstellar civilization which cant do full recycle or has energy shortages, because it is a...
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